Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF

Last updated (05 July’10):
– Review by Photozone

The Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF features 12-24mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4. The lens construction has 11 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 99 to 61 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 11.8 inches and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF lens weighs 1.07 pounds and it measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches long.

Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Reviews

Photozone reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“The Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED DX proved to be a very good performer. Its center resolution figures are exceptionally high and apart from 12mm @ f/4 the border quality is also impressive though a little less field curvature may be desirable at 12mm. CAs as well as the distortion characteristic are very good for an ultra-wide zoom lens whereas vignetting is about average due to the reduced APS-C image circle.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“Nikon’s 12-24mm is a very high resolution optic, especially at 12mm, where it only appears to be limited by the effects on diffraction, which effects the resolution more with smaller sensor cameras, such as Nikon’s DX format. Right from f/4, the centre resolution is excellent and very good towards the edge of the frame. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“The optical performance of the Nikon 12-24/4 lens is very good. You can use it wide open without problems, although there is a noticeable improvement in sharpness if you close the aperture one or two stops, e.g., to f/8. “
rating: N/A

SLRGear reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“Chromatic aberration is better than average across most of the focal length range, becoming high in the corners only at the 12mm extreme wide-angle setting. Vignetting is surprisingly low for a super wide angle, with a maximum of 0.75 EV falloff, dropping to 1/4 EV or less when stopped down by a stop or more at all but the widest-angle focal lengths.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bythom reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“Sharpness is strong throughout the range, with f/8 and f/11 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample pretty much across the focal length range. But even at f/4 in the corners this lens is a very good performer, though some very small amounts of chromatic aberration rears its head at the 12mm end.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Momentcorp reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“The lens is close to perfect, but there is just so many nit-picks that does not make it perfect. The IR performance is really good for a lens this wide. There is no hot-spot at any aperture. Overall this is a pretty good lens, but it’s to pricey for a f/4 lens. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“I had to go to film to test it further, since film has three times the linear resolution of today’s best digital cameras. On film (Velvia) it’s sharp and crisp and contrasty at every focal length and aperture. It’s as good as my best film lenses.”
rating: N/A

Nikonians reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF and writes;
“Image quality at all focal lengths was very good to excellent; corner sharpness was a little soft at 12mm and maximum aperture, but this improved quickly at f/5.6 and smaller. The constant aperture design, rounded diaphragm blades and AF-S focusing motor are other nice touches on this lens.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF User Reviews

Worth every penny | Rating: ★★★★★
“I used this lens on the D80 and my photos will stand up to any professional. I can use them enlarged for portfolio work, brochures and anything else. The lens takes incredible wide angle shots with no distortion at the edges. Even with my limited camera knowledge and auto settings, I’m amazed at the quality every time I use it.” – by Shuffle owner

Crazy Good DX Wide Angle | Rating: ★★★★★
“A friend suggested I get this wide angle lens for my D40. At first I was reluctant because of the price. I’m glad I took his advice however. I’ve taken about 600 shots on this lens so far, and every one of them is clean. Zero blurry or fuzzy or vignetted shots. The color is excellent, and 12mm is wide enough to have some serious wide angle fun. The lens has not gotten in the way of taking crazy shots. “ – by Mike vS

Love this lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve always wanted this lens and finally broke down and bought it. It is now my favorite lens for my D300. Sharp pictures, excellent contrast and colors. Wish I had bought this sooner. Fantastic for indoor pics with an SB400 bounce flash. “ – by Monty23

beautiful glass | Rating: ★★★★★
“I selected this lens after reviewing this, Sigma, Tokina, and other’s wide-angle zooms. I am so happy with this lens so far, and, for the money, feel like I made the right choice. The glass is very sharp corner-to-corner, and focusing is quick and silent. I do a lot of home interiors, and landscape, so this lens really fits the bill. “ – by D. Ryan

very good | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Sharpness is excellent at 20-24mm wide open but gets softer in the corners towards 12mm even when stopped down to f/11. The max f/4 is limiting in low light but keeps the lens relatively compact. Resistance to flare is extremely good; shooting into the light, into open windows and almost into the sun has never been a problem.” – by music fan

Since I couldn’t afford the Maserati.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“this lens is magnificent and delivers the performance I want. It feels good in my hand and greatly expands my creative options. Plus, it’s very well made and I expect it will serve me well for many years to come. Perhaps not for everyone, but it’s my extravagance for myself and my hobby (since I can’t afford the Maserati). “ – by Road Warrior

Invaluable DSLR Tool | Rating: ★★★★★
“After revamping my mid-range lens lineup in favor of primes, my working bag now includes the 12-24, the 35 f2, the 50 1.4 and the 85 1.8, with the 70-200 2.8 VR zoom covering the long end. On a 1.5 crop DSLR that equates to a focal length range of 18-36, 52, 75, 127 and 105-300, with no compromises anywhere in image quality and spectacular low-light ability.” – by kc “Grateful Listener”

Excellent performer, though a bit pricey! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Solid performer on the D300s. Excellent image quality: clarity & sharpeness (FYI I am a pixel peeper!!). Slight barrel distortion at 12 mm which I believe is normal for ultra wides and easily correctible in post processing. The SWM motor makes for fast and silent focusing. Overall, I am very pleased with the performance.” – by Jehan Ghouse

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Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Specifications

Enjoy a wider angle of view with the Nikon 12-24mm autofocus zoom lens, which is optimized for Nikon digital SLR cameras. The lens offers such features as a 2x zoom ratio, an exclusive Silent Wave Monitor that allows for accurate and quiet high-speed autofocusing, two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration, and three aspherical lens elements for low distortion. Nikon’s D-type design, meanwhile, provides precise distant information for the flash and ambient light exposure processes. Perhaps the nicest feature, however, is the small image circle–the size of the image that’s projected by the lens onto the sensor–which produces an optimal image from the center to the edge to the corner. Other details include a variable angle of view from 99 degrees (at 12mm) to 61 degrees (at 24mm), a rounded diaphragm that makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural, and an 11.8-inch close focus distance throughout the zoom range. All Nikon lenses carry a five-year warranty.


* Focal length: 12-24mm
* Maximum aperture: f/4
* Picture angle (Nikon digital SLR): 99 to 61 degrees
* Lens construction: 11 elements in 7 groups
* Lens drive: Silent Wave Monitor
* Extra-Low Dispersion (ESD) lens: 2 elements
* Aspherical lens: 3 elements
* Focusing: Internal Focusing (IF) type
* Minimum shooting distance: 11.8 inches
* Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:8.3
* Minimum F stop: 22
* Aperture blades: 7 (rounded)
* Lens hood: HB-23 (included)
* Filter size: 77mm
* Included accessories: HB-23 hood, 77mm lens cap, rear cap
* Dimensions: 3.2 inches in diameter, 3.5 inches long
* Weight: 1.07 pounds

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